CORONAVIRUS: All UK venues closed on 16th March 2020 and there is currently no planned re-opening time though it will not be before 1st June 2020 and is most likely to be September (according to some West End producers).
Some shows have been cancelled, or closed early, but many are being rescheduled and we are trying to keep up with the changes - assume that anything posted for April and May is actually postponed or cancelled. Pantomimes are possible but a few venues and shows may not return and larger venues and tours are unlikely to re-appear before 2021 though we have some hope for some panto ....
So desperate were audiences to see Love on the Dole that in towns without a theatre it would play twice daily in cinemas. By the end of 1935 this 'dangerous play' had been seen by more than a million people. Greenwood's 1934 classic about life in a northern town during the Thirties depression. The Great Depression has gripped everyone in Hanky Park, Lancashire. Despite the joy of her recent engagement, Sally Hardcastle and her family are struggling to make ends meet. Her brother, Harry, faces an uncertain future: out of work, a baby on the way and facing the dreaded Means Test. When a powerful rival for Sally's affection makes his feelings known, she's offered the chance to save her family from being torn apart. But can Sally sacrifice her integrity to secure the happiness of the people she loves? Love on the Dole was a landmark play in British Theatre and was voted one of the National Theatre's Best 100 Plays of the Twentieth Century. Performers Colin Connor, Clare Foster (Sally Hardcastle), Kieran Hill (Larry Meath), Sam Lupton, David MacCreedy, Barbara Peirson, Susan Twist, Annie Tyson, Sarah Vezmer, Flo Wilson. AuthorWalter Greenwood.AuthorRonald Gow.ProducerOctagon Theatre Bolton.DirectorDavid Thacker.